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Fashion Designer Spotlight: Mark Fast, The Knitwear King via [worshipworthy]

Mark Fast has been one of my favorite newer designers for the past
couple of seasons. Having just graduated Central Saint Martins in 2008,
the Canadian-born knitwear designer has been a rising star in London.
Unbeknownstly but cleverly so, he stirred up a bit of controversy when
he decided to use plus-sized models in his S/S 2010 runway show.

I was further impressed by him when he declined to lend clothes to
Lady Gaga, his soft-spoken voice stating:

“My work is about a lifestyle. It’s not fast-food fashion. It’s
not about trends, it’s about classic, it’s about the body, it’s about
beauty. Maybe that gets lost in the picture with certain celebrities.”

With no disrespect to the Fame Monster, his clothes truly deserve to
shine for themselves.

For more info, visit <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview
(‘/outbound/www.markfast.net’);” href=”http://www.markfast.net/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Mark Fast

Mark Fast’s new affordable line “Faster” is available at <a onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview
(‘/outbound/www.shopcurve.com’);” href=”http://www.shopcurve.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Curve

And joining in with the rest of my favorite London-based deisgners,
he is the latest one to design his first ever Topshop collection, which
comes out in April/May. Can’t wait!

-Sophie



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The List of the Top 10 Most Unusual Hotels Worldwide. via [Quality Junkyard]

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Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

1. Capsule Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made out of a survival pod

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Your own survival pod! Escape pod hotel in a city centre dock location. Moored in The Hague, your room is a bright orange survival pod which once saw service on an oil rig platform. Originally built in 1972 they are 4.25 metres in diameter and unaltered apart from the addition of a lock on the outside and an ‘emergency’ chemical toilet inside. While not everyone’s luxury choice, each pod provides cosy protection from the elements for up to three occupants.

First created for accommodation as an art project in 2004, owner Denis Oudendijk has 8 different models ready for use and is currently working on additional locations in central Amsterdam and Nantes, France.

2. Everland, Paris: a hotel which parks in unusual places with amazing views

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Everland is a hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. What makes it so different is that – because it is also an art installation – this hotel travels! The Everland has been ‘parked’ in the most unsual places, like the roof-deck of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany, or the roof of Palais de Tokyo (with a spectacular view on the Eiffel Tower) in Paris.

Considering how unique a night in this hotel is, the price is not so : you can get the only room and the unique view for 333 Euros during the week, 444 Euros during the weekends.

3. Hôtel de Glace, Canada – an ice hotel opened only during winter

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Made entirely of ice and snow, this unique one-story structure has been rebuilt each year since 2000. The 9th season of the Ice Hotel lasted from January 4th through March 29th 2009. The Ice Hotel has become an unparalleled and world-famous winter experience. It takes 5 weeks, 500 tons of ice, and 15,000 tons of snow to craft the Ice Hotel with its ceilings as high as 18 feet, walls covered with original artwork and furniture carved from ice blocks.

4. Waterworld Hotel, China – an amazing aquatic themed hotel

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Atkin’s Architecture Group won first prize for an international design competition with this stunning entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in Songjiang, China, the 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities.

5. Sala Silvergruva, Sweden: a single room hotel inside a silver mine

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Picture this… A single suite, 155m underground in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mine settings. (During its heyday, production amounted to more than 3 tons of silver a year and a total of more than 400 tons of silver and about 40,000 tons of lead were extracted – completely by hand!) If you wake up in the middle of the night and have to use the bathroom, make sure you turn right or else you’ll end up exploring dark winding galleries, vast caverns and magic lakes.

6. Das Park Hotel, Austria: a hotel where rooms are made of concrete pipes

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

A hotel with rooms made of giant concrete sewage pipes might sound a little odd, but this artistic creation can be recreated to provide cheap lodging anywhere. These 9,5 tonne concrete sections are a standard item in near all concrete factories and the oden floors, a really comfortable double bed, minibar and room service through to 1am. For night owls, the reception is open 24hrs. With the amazing view below there is little else needed, except if you’re staying in bed past 10am, when pajamas would be a wise thing to wear, as although you can look out – tourists can look in

7. The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel, Netherlands: a hotel made from recycled wine barrels

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel in the Netherlands salvaged four wine casks from Switzerland and converted them into rooms. Formerly filled with 14,500 liters of Beaujolais wine from the French chateau, each now holds a modest two-person room with standard amenities and even an attached bathroom and a sitting room.

The one thing that might bother you, if you’re not a wine enthusiast, is the smell of wine that the barrels still maintain. All in all the Barrel Hotel, in Stavoren, northern Netherlands, makes for a very pleasurable experience. General rates for a cask room are from 74-119 Euros a night with discounts of up to 75% off depending on season. If you go in the wintertime, a wine cask room can be as low as 18 Euros a night, cheaper than most hostels.

8. Giraffe Manor, Kenya: a hotel where you dine with a friendly giraffe

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

This small and exclusive hotel — surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Nairobi — is famous for its resident herd of giraffe. It’s the only place in the world where you can enjoy the experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table, at the front door or while you dine, and the giraffes poke their heads through the window.

As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.

9. Hotel Im Wasserturm, Germany: a hotel inside a water tower

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Rising high above Cologne, this international luxury hotel was once the largest water tower in 19th century Europe. In 1990, French designer Andrée Putman transformed it into an elegant 78-room hotel.

Classified as a heritage site, the timeless modern design still manages to preserve the water-tower architecture and a sense of refuge and protection.

10. Jumbo Hostel (Stockholm): World’s First Aircraft Inn

Top 10 Craziest Hotels in the World

Stockholm is the house of this wacky hotel, the first aircraft inn. An abandoned Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been saved from being trashed metal to become a 25-room hotel sited in Stockholm-Arlanda airport. Each room is bare 65 square ft big and furnished with bunk beds, overhead luggage storage and flat-screen TVs. There is a reception area and a cafe with toilets and showers at the rear of the aircraft, which means that you will have to share! The upper deck is a conference room and the best of all, the cockpit, is where the wedding suite is housed. Not a very comfy hotel I would think, but staying there just to get a feel of it might be cool.

Measha Brueggergosman a Celestial Opera DIVA with no “Ego”. via [afrobella]

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I absolutely HEART this big stunning goddess with the big spell
bounding voice, with an even bigger spectacular Afro! This Canadian
prima donna hails from the Maratimes. Marsha Brueggergosman has sung in
almost all of the major cities over the globe. She’s opened the seasons
of the Quebec Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the San Francisco
Symphony, just to name a few. She is a soprano who is a free-lance
soloist ie. “hired gun” brought in to work with the world’s best
orchestras. Despite the fact that her glorious “once-of-a-lifetime” job
requires her to travel to the world’s greatest of cities and to perform
in the most luxe of venues in front of the highest echolen of classical
arts patrons; Measha never gives off the impression of being jaded. In
fact, her one low brow indulgence is reality TV, while my ONE highbrow
indulgence is opera!Lol. I strongly suggest that you check out Measha Brueggergosman and
find out when she will be performing in your city.

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DOLLAR BILL ORGAMI:

Most people just spend their money. Others turn it into
art…

Origami Dollar Bills

Origami Money Shirt With Tie

Dollar Bill Dresses by you.

Dollar Dude

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Origami Rhino

Origami Rooster

Hang Glider

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Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Relational Aesthetics

Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Buenos Aires-born Thai contemporary artist
known for exploring the social role of the artist using relational
aesthetics. He is most famous for installation art pieces where he
cookes meals for gallery-goers, reads to them, or plays music for them.
Rirkrit’s treatment of money, above, is a perfect example of this
examination of human beings in their social context rather than in a private space.

While the core concept is incredibly simple, the results are nothing
short of amazing. Each of the pieces is formed by folding currency
from a different country in such a way that the resulting miniature
emphases the face of the leader on the note. Not only that, but each of
the faces is given a unique hat or garb, representing the culture of the
currencies’ country of origin.

In a concept similar to the one shown above, this set incorporates
the cultural heritage of each country into the note buy cutting it out
in the shape of one of the countries’ popular skylines. Often with faces
projected onto the skylines, the final pieces are beautiful works of
art, immediately identifiable by the precise cutting of the skylines.

Money Sculptures by Justine Smith

Justine Smith’s work is noted for here exploration of our
relationships with, and responses to money, in political, moral, and
social settings. On the one hand we have guns and grenades, representing
the money used to fund wars and cause bloodshed around the
world, and on the other, are intricate and beautiful flowers
representing everything just and sacred.


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